Author Archives: Maren

Prayer for Peace in our Schools (USA)

God, hen, gatherer of chicks,Savior, weeper over all placesthat have no peace,Spirit, whom to receiveis to feel the breath of windin a breeze across a playground, we pray this morningfor Rigby, Idaho,where a sixth grader started shootingin the school hallway … Continue reading

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My Assignment is Late

God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. (Isaiah 50:4a) I always write for “teachers’ appreciation week”and this was certainly a yearwhen being a teacher was dangerous,required … Continue reading

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Prayer after the Mexico City Overpass Collapse

God who promises to be with uswhen we go out and when we come in,we are grateful that you traveledon the Golden Line last nightin Mexico City,when the elevated track collapsed, present with those suspendedin the subway train,present with those … Continue reading

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Prayer of Support for Israel’s Day of Mourning

O Holy One, God of peace and comfort,who rests with the sorrows of all your children,we pray for those who grieve todayin Israel’s day of mourningfor the forty-five who died at Mt. Meron,on Lag BaOmer,remembering Shimon bar Yochaicelebrating the Zohar … Continue reading

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Morning play

1 John 3:18 Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. I was sitting with my older grandson,so the rest of the house could sleep. Ok, I won’t lie in a biblical reflection … Continue reading

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What I’ve Got

Driving to the Denver Botanical Gardensat Chatfield Farm on a cloudless daycar buzz-full of kids’ excitement,Bernadette Peters comes on the radioas Annie Oakley singing,“Got no mansion, got no yachtStill I’m happy with what I’ve gotI’ve got the sun in the … Continue reading

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A letter to us today

1 John 3:16-17 We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us–and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees … Continue reading

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Prayer for Indonesia

Most Merciful, All Compassionate,You who search the waters,and care for allwho go down to the seaand those who go down into the sea,we pray for your tendernessto surround those who grievethose dead on the KRI Nanggala-402. Surfacing are grease for … Continue reading

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The Sacrament of Holy Communion Celebrating Immigrants and Refugees — A guest post by Michael Mulberry

I have been writing liturgy for Holy Communion for those churches sharing the sacrament in virtual spaces for the last thirteen months. During these April days while I am pausing from this blog and other writing while preparing the anthology, … Continue reading

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Two sides of spring, 2021 — readings of the Psalms, Guest Post Maria Mankin

Maria Mankin, my frequent co-author and editor and daughter, is engaged in a manuscript of reflections on the Psalms and shares two with me today. I asked to post them here because the first so clearly tells the place I … Continue reading

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